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Senior Progressions Lead

Full Time manager position

If you joined the teaching profession to change lives, are dissatisfied working in a system that side-lines those who need support the most, if you believe in inclusion and that all young people have the right to have aspirations and can be successful, then this role is for you. 

We are looking for a creative, inspirational, proactive and experienced Progressions Lead and Workshop Practitioner with a proven track record of working in education settings and experience of working with students with SEMH needs and those facing numerous disadvantages. You will most likely have experience working with Key Stage 4 and above. 

You will lead on the growing and dynamic employability strand within Sound Communities. This includes working with partner schools/employers as well as our on-site provision, extensive project management and reporting as well as being able to deliver high quality sessions to young people as and when required. You will need to be dedicated to improving the lives and outcomes of vulnerable young people who face multiple challenges.   

You will lead on multiple projects which aim at improving the employability skills and progression opportunities of those who are furthest from the market. This role will involve monitoring and reporting as well as direct support to the young people enrolled with life and independence support.  

The successful candidate will be committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. You will be supported by an experienced team of colleagues in this exciting opportunity involving the development of our provision. 

To apply: complete our application form



Start date: 3rd June 2024 (negotiable)
Application deadline: 15th May 2024
Interviews: w/c 20th May 2024

£33,000 – £38000 depending on experience  – full time on site 37.5 hrs a week

Full Job Spec PDF


  • To deliver on workshops and 1:1 learning sessions  
  • Manage employability programme for NEETS 
  • Manage work experience programme including developing resources 
  • Develop project-based learning programmes 
  • Support progression routes for young people ie. youth leadership AQA offered to potential employees, supported internships etc. 
  • Lead delivery of the Youth Leadership AQAs 
  • Attend training relevant to the role 
  • Attending local network meetings 
  • Supporting quality framework 
  • Provide 1:1 support to individuals in regard to accessing support systems in society. 
  • Organising visits/masterclasses 
  • Liaising with partners/commissioners 
  • Reporting to senior management on an on-going basis 
  • Contributing to behaviour management of vulnerable participants 
  • Contribute to monitoring and evaluation 
  • Being aware of, and complying with, policies and procedures relating to child protection, health and safety, confidentiality and data protection, reporting all concerns appropriately 
  • Communicating with other staff across the other Sound Communities strands 
  • Contributing to CPD

Essential Qualifications

  • Evidence of relevant recent professional development 
  • Degree 
  • Driving licence + own vehicle


  • Ability to work independently and in a team 
  • Experience of employability work with NEETS 
  • Knowledge of the employability sector for young people in Torbay and willingness to research and consult with local employers 
  • Ability to manage groups of young people in a variety of diverse learning settings 
  • Experience of developing training and skills development programme and resources 
  • Experience developing basic skills and job searching support 
  • Experience of working in the creative industries 
  • A good understanding of the local creative scene 
  • Passion for production and creativity 
  • Staff management experience  
  • Knowledge of digital technology ideally music/radio production 
  • Expert understanding of what is required to secure effective teaching and learning 
  • Experience of working with SEMH and SEND 
  • A proven track record of excellence in the learning environment 
  • Knowledge and/or ideally training in trauma-informed approaches 
  • Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills 
  • Confident with digital technology, IT/data entry systems 
  • Highly organised 
  • Be a team player  
  • Excellent communicator with a high degree of emotional intelligence; an energiser demonstrating a positive mental attitude in all areas of their work 
  • Highly motivated with a flexible approach towards work and working hours 
  • Enjoys helping others and able to resolve any issues in a professional, calm and measured manner 
  • Ability to think creatively about provision, to be prepared to take risks and to innovate  
  • Determination to improve standards and outcomes in education and employability for young people in Torbay 
  • Excellent leaders of children and young people: commanding respect; being a positive presence around the studios; building self-esteem; and motivating the YP to do their best 
  • Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people 
  • Ability to form and maintain relationships with professional partners 
  • Creation of and contribution to Risk Assessments, Behaviour Support Plans and Individual Education Plans 
  • Ability and willingness to contribute towards the organisation’s vision and ethos

Desirable Requirements

  • Ability to motivate and inspire staff and students 
  • Experience of monitoring and evaluation 
  • Leadership skills 
  • Ability to use tact, diplomacy, sensitivity and good humour  
  • Ability to coach colleagues to improve their performance 
  • Experience of delivering AQA Unit Awards/RSL Qualifications 
  • Interest in playing a part, through education, in the regeneration of Paignton 
  • Experience of formulating alternative creative based curriculum plans 
  • Experience at primary and secondary level   
  • Ability to demonstrate personal and emotional resilience when working in a range challenging situations 
  • Clean driving licence

Whats Included

  • Opportunity to work for an award-winning and fast-growing organisation providing fantastic opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the Southwest 
  • Annual leave equivalent to 30 days (not including bank holidays) 
  • Newly refurbished studios located close to the sea/beach and town centre. Our workspaces are a specialist collaborative provision for students who are at risk of high levels of fixed-period or permanent exclusion, predominantly for students who need additional behavioural, social, emotional or mental health support 
  • Laptop provided 
  • Funded Enhanced DBS 
  • Ongoing training opportunities in creative media arts with trauma-informed approaches to supporting mental health and neurodiversity for young people.